Senegal is certainly a complex but at the same time very suggestive country, located on the west coast of Africa, between Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Mali. In addition to the capital Dakar, in the archipelago of Cape Verde , the naturalistic areas are to be seen, such as the Niokolo-Koba national park and the national bird sanctuary of Djoudj , without neglecting the island of Gorée and the picturesque lake Retba, the pink lake. A trip to Senegal is a unique experience to discover the Senegalese culture , between religion, typical cuisine, nature, beaches and metropolis in strong development.
What to see in Senegal: the capital Dakar
One of Senegal’s main tourist destinations is Dakar , the country’s capital, located on the west coast and famous for the historic desert race , the Paris-Dakar. Today the city is an important port hub in Africa, with a growing economy and an intense colonial history behind it . A must see in Dakar is the Médina district , where the Grande Mosquée is located and the central market, always very lively with tourists and locals.
However there are many other mosques in the city, which boasts one of the most numerous Muslim communities on the continent , including the Mosquée de la Divinité. During the visit it is possible to discover African art , thanks to numerous galleries and museums, including the renowned IFAN African Arts Museum, located in the Plateau area, the Galerie le Manegé, the Institut Français Léopold Sédar Snghor and the Galerie Nationale , open with free admission.
Equally impressive is the Monument of the African Renaissance , inaugurated in 2010 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Senegal’s independence. One of the main attractions in Dakar, however, are the wonderful beaches of the area , particularly loved by surfers, who often meet in the nearby village of Lebu N’Gor, on the small island of Yoff , or at the beach of Plage des Mamelles. For the nightlife, the elegant neighborhood of Les Almadies is worth a visit, where you can find restaurants, bars and live music venues.